Roj Fravardin, Mah Dae 1377 Yz.
Continuing our series of beautiful sayings from the Pahlavi word “Datistan i Menog i Khrad”, here is another priceless gem:
The Wise One asked the Spirit of Wisdom: “is Wisdom better, or skill or goodness?”
The Spirit of Wisdom replied: “That Wisdom, with which there is no goodness, should not be regarded as wisdom.
And skill, with which there is no wisdom, should not be regarded as skill.”
A man may have multiple degrees or doctorates, but still be ignorant – because he does not really know how to apply his acquired knowledge for the common good. As he acquires more such education he becomes even more insecure, and attempts to hoard it. For example, a man may stumble upon a cure for a dreaded disease. As per the Zarathushtrian religion, he should share that knowledge for the greater good. But conventional wisdom will lead him to try and “patent” his cure, and monetise it. Which choice is better? The Spirit of Wisdom’s answer clears our doubts.
Similarly a person may have some very unique skills – say an ability to be very proficient in writing computer programming code. But without the wisdom to really channel his skills in the right direction, he may use this skill to hack into protected sites like Banks and Financial institutions and attempt to steal passwords and identities to use for fraudulent transactions. Thus even though he may be skilful, without wisdom to know what is right and wrong as per the Divine Order, his skill leads him towards the Evil Path which may make him successful in the short term but will eventually lead him to ruin.
The Spirit of Wisdom, that is, Ahura Mazda Himself shows us the right path and reminds us that even with wisdom and skill it is still possible to go onto the wrong path. As the Avesta declares:
“Aevo pantao yo Ashahe, vispe anyaesham apantam.”
“there is only one Right Path – the Path of Truth and Righteousness, all other paths are non-paths”
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram